The 3.8% tax – myth and fact

    By Elizabeth Barnhardt Government Affairs Director   Since 2010, e-mails have been forwarded by various groups referencing a “3.8% transfer tax on real estate” associated with the Health Care Reform Act of 2010. Fortunately, this is not true. However, these e-mails have circulated for the past two years and continue to raise questions […]

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Future leaders ‘speak up,’ talk politics

May and June sessions of the Leadership Development Program By Tara Howie, creative services specialist; and Kim Walker, public relations and media relations specialist Like it or hate it, for Realtors® in leadership development, public speaking is a must. Program participants know that ultimately as leaders, they will be called upon to advocate and speak on […]

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Short-term rentals and the MLS With the DNC coming to town, think about what you need to consider By Debbie Wey, Assistant Director, CMLS Policy   Does the Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CMLS) allow listings of short-term rentals, like for the Democratic National Convention (DNC)? The “CMLS Rules and Regulations” do not prohibit the listing of […]

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Special feature on Vane Mingle

Industry leader Vane Mingle boosted Realtor® professionalism, education By Susan Shackelford   Realtors® in the Charlotte region and beyond benefit daily from the accomplishments of Vane Mingle, the association’s first executive officer and a leader in real estate education. Five weeks shy of his 91st birthday, Mingle passed away on May 17 in Charlotte. Not […]

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Industry Notes-July/Aug. 2012

Agent/agency activity The REAL Trends 500 report named the Allen Tate Company as the top real estate firm based in the Carolinas, and ranked it No. 9 among the country’s largest independently owned, non-franchised brokers, and No. 17 among all brokers, based on closed transactions sides for 2011. HM Properties has added Jane Anne McDermott. […]

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Education-May/June 2012

Time is running out — the deadline for continuing education is approaching By Mike Caesar Education Coordinator   Every year, licensees must complete a four-hour mandatory update course and a four-hour approved elective course to renew their licenses on active status.  June 10 is the last day for licensees to take this continuing-ed ucation (CE). Licensees […]

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Legislative Insider-May/June 2012

GREEN WEEK Task force initiative debuts April 20-27 By Elizabeth Barnhardt Government Affairs Director   The association will be engaging in a “green” week of programs, events and services April 20-27. Green Week will highlight what the association and Realtors® are already doing to go green as well as provide education to Realtors® and the public on what […]

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Info Tech-May/June 2012

Some feedback on providing feedback Responding to requests is good business; avoid potential violations of Code By Michele Di Donato Vice President Risk Management   Best practices for using Centralized Showing Service (CSS) Respect your peers at double-booked showings  One frequent complaint made by Realtors® is that requests for feedback are ignored. For most Realtors®, receiving […]

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